FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: APPLICATION DATE WHEN REGISTERING A MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD) APPLICATION
When a MO HealthNet (MHN) participant reports they are disabled, an application for MHABD must be registered to explore if the participant is eligible for a mandatory MHN program.
A participant may report they are disabled by answering yes to any of the disability screening questions on a MHN online, phone, or paper application.
A participant may also report they are disabled on an annual review, change report, by returning an Aged, Blind, and Disabled Supplement form (IM-1ABDS), by telling FSD staff they are disabled during any interaction, or by an active participant requesting MHABD benefits.
When a participant reports that they are disabled, an MHABD application must be registered in Family Assistance Management Information System (FAMIS). The application date used in FAMIS is determined by when the request is received:
• If the participant is active on a Family MO HealthNet (MAGI) program:
o An MHABD application should be registered using an application date as of the date that disability is reported.
• If an MHN application was submitted and is pending, and the participant or authorized representative later reports a disability:
o An MHABD application is registered using the pending application’s date.
• If an MHN application with NO DISABILITY indicator is rejected for MAGI, but the participant contacts FSD after they receive the rejection letter:
o If within 90 days of initial application (still within application processing timeframes), register an MHABD application using the initial application date.
o If not within 90 days of initial application, the participant must reapply.
• Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.